Novels in Verse

Novels written in poetic form. They often don’t rhyme, but feature line breaks that look visually like a poem on each page. This style allows the reader to experience powerful imagery and language conveyed by the author.

Great Verse Authors

If this writing is your style, check out these authors!

Kwame Alexander

Ann E. Burg

Sharon Creech

Margarita Engle

Nikki Grimes

Jennifer L. Holm


Adventure & Survival Stories in Verse

Shark Girl - Kelly Bingham

Mountain Dog - Margarita Engle


Historical Stories in Verse

All the Broken Pieces - Ann E. Burg

Full Cicada Moon - Marilyn Hilton

Kaleidoscope Eyes - Jennifer Bryant

Loving vs. Virginia: a documentary novel of the landmark civil rights case - Patricia Powell

May B. - Caroline Starr Rose

Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse

Red Butterfly - A.L. Sonnichsen

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal - Margarita Engle

Serafina’s Promise - Ann E. Burg

Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba - Margarita Engle

Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm

Unbound - Ann E. Burg

Yellow Star - Jennifer Roy

Multicultural Novels in Verse

All the Broken Pieces - Ann E. Burg

Full Cicada Moon - Marilyn Hilton

Home of the Brave - Katherine Applegate

Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhha Lai

Red Butterfly - A.L. Sonnichsen

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal - Margarita Engle

Serafina’s Promise - Ann E. Burg

A Time to Dance - Padma Venkatraman

Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba - Margarita Engle


Realistic Novels in Verse

Another Day as Emily - Eileen Spinelli

Applesauce Weather - Helen Frost

Gone Fishing - Tamera Wissinger

Hate that Cat - Sharon Creech

Heartbeat - Sharon Creech

Hidden - Helen Frost

Locomotion - Jacqueline Woodson

Looking for Me - Betsy R. Rosenthal

Love that Dog - Sharon Creech

Moo - Sharon Creech

Rhyme Schemer - K.A. Holt

Words with Wings - Nikki Grimes


Sports Novels in Verse

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Garvey’s Choice - Nikki Grimes

A Time to Dance - Padma Venkatraman